DBS Checks for Sports Clubs: Your Questions Answered

The recent football child abuse scandal has ensured that safeguarding in sport is deservedly receiving a lot of attention. DBS checks for sports clubs are a key part of making sure children are safe.

DBS checks for sports clubs

If you run a sports club, our guide to DBS checks should help you ensure the safety of any children, young people or vulnerable adults you work with.

Tips for recruiting safely

It’s crucial that sports clubs make sure any staff or volunteers working with children or vulnerable adults are suitable to do so.

Your recruitment procedures for both paid staff and volunteers should reflect your commitment to protecting vulnerable groups.

These procedures could include interviewing candidates, checking references and undertaking the appropriate background checks.

Which roles require DBS checks?

Any staff member or volunteer who is or will be working in regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults will be eligible for a DBS check.

Put simply, this means that anyone who teaches, trains, instructs or cares for children or anyone who cares for or teaches a specifically targeted group of vulnerable adults will be eligible for a DBS check.

All coaches and activity leaders teaching children should have a DBS check.

What level of check are they eligible for?

The level of check required will depend on the specific nature of the applicant’s role.

In general, an enhanced DBS check will be required for applicants working in regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults. On top of this, they may also be eligible for a check against the relevant barred list. Again, this will depend on the specific nature of the applicant’s job and what they will be doing within their role.

Some national governing bodies and sporting organisations may have specific guidelines or procedures in place. If in doubt, check with these organisations for clarification.

How do I apply for a DBS check?

Individuals cannot apply for DBS checks themselves. All DBS applications need to be processed through the applicant’s company, relevant organisation or registered recruitment agency.

DBS checks for sports clubs: a summary

DBS checks for sports clubs are a vital part of protecting children and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding should be a priority for every sports club and every member within that establishment.

Our simple online system makes requesting checks quick, easy and affordable. So please Get started now or call us on 0800 197 88 58 to find out more.